Published: 21st May 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Would-be gardening expert Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a midlife crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden, much in need of her expert TLC. And coming just after a break up, some peace and quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. Only, village life turns out to be anything but – with nosey neighbours and greedy developers instantly stirring up trouble.
What Daisy really needs is a good friend, or two. So when she comes across Elaine and Jo, she’s relieved to have multiple shoulders to cry on. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own – a marriage in crisis, a family secret and managing the local gossips. As Daisy wrestles the garden into something like beautiful order, can she get a grip on her new feelings for handsome Irish rogue George and stop her parents selling up to a developer?
Thank you to Pan Macmillan for kindly sending me a review copy.
Twenty-nine year old Daisy is house sitting for her parents who have decided to jetset across the globe. With only the family dog, Polly, for company, Daisy doesn’t mind being alone in the beautiful Orchard Villa.
“…she found herself lingering as he asked about the health of the huge mulberry tree in the back garden, as if enquiring after an old friend.”
As Daisy settle back into life at her parents house, she meets two people at the opposite ends of the pole; Thomas, an elderly gardener and Elizabeth, a posh vintage designer. Could these two people become Daisy’s usual friends and help her with her broken heart? Thomas was quite the character; with a twinkle in his eye, he decided upon playing Cupid with Daisy and another villager – but who?
“Hang on, I’ll check Twitter, all the writers waste time on there.”
There’s not just one handsome chap in Steeple St. John and Daisy’s life quickly goes from standing each night in front of the TV to going out with friends, enjoying herself. What I enjoyed the most about this changing plot of the narrative was that Daisy didn’t mind who she became friends with – an eldery man and a posh lady, for instance – she just wanted company and I admired that about her.
Rachael writes her characters with such confidence and I was instantly drawn into the gardening aspect despite not particularly liking flowers (hay fever and all that), but Rachael made it very interesting. My Mum will love this for Mothers Day!